EditorialGuy - 8:48 pm on Nov 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
Google seems to be backing away from authorship markup, probably for two reasons:
1) Most authors (other than SEOs and their clients) don't mark up their pages with authorship code, and...
2) Authorship markup is so often misused.
If you feel that you or a client are in a grey area in terms of authorship, the best approach might be to:
a) Use Google Authorship's "e-mail verification" approach, which simply tells Google that John Doe at [Google+ Profile number] is a contributor to the domain with the content. Google can then decide which individual pages are "authored."
b) Use a byline on any page that you want to be considered as "authored."
c} You might also want to use schema.org structured markup on the page, choosing a category like "CreativeWork" or "Web page" if it isn't an "Article." Think of this as a kind of disclosure statement: It tells Google and other search engines what the page is, and if they incorrectly think it's an "article," the misunderstanding is their fault, not yours.